1978 - The Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities was established by Edward Meyen and Richard Schiefelbusch. It was among four other non-profit organizations that obtained a five-year grant for $2 million to research learning disabilities. Don Deshler is research coordinator and Jean Schumaker is associate coordinator.
1980 - Reuben Altman from University of Missouri, Columbia, published the first research monograph: "Studying the Learning Disabled Adolescent Through Epidemiological and Intervention Research Tactics".
1983 - International Training Network is organized in New Orleans.
1983-1984 – The scope of IRLD activities encompasses New York City, Iowa, and California.
1985 - Fran Clark joins the CRL team as coordinator of training.
1986 - First International Training Network Conference is held. The same year state education departments of California, Iowa, Nebraska, Vermont, Florida, and Arkansas contract for SIM. First workshops are conducted for SIM Professional Developers.
1987 - Keith Lenz, research scientist, becomes the member of CRL staff.
1988 - SIM is launched abroad through a two-week training session held in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australia.
As a result of implementing SIM strategies at the University of Kansas academic performance of at-risk student athletes improved significantly. The grades of the student athletes continued to increase and by 1991, the GPA of KU student athletes became record high.
1989 - Strategram starts publication. Arizona and North Carolina followed the example of six other states to adopt SIM for statewide training.
1992 - Stratenotes, a special newsletter issued exclusively for the International Training Network members, begins publication.
Strategic Math Series was launched.
700 SIM Professional Developers have obtained SIM certification. Jan Roth joins CRL as director of professional development.
1993 – CRL launches STRATELINE, an online electronic network and bulletin board.
First volume in Cooperative Strategies series is released. It is focused on helping educators teach students the basic social skills.
SIM as alternative to traditional methods is validated in juvenile offenders at correctional facilities. The SIM proved to be effective for the correctional population because it perfectly meets academic, social, and motivational needs of persons at risk for failure as well as facilitates independent functioning and problem solving.
1994 - National Center for Learning Disabilities sponsored five regional SIM trainer meetings.
The SIM methods can now be used for elementary students and got approval from the elementary teachers as well.
1995 - StrateNet is launched. 27 strategic instruction study groups are organized.
Two-way interactive video sessions are held.
First Far West Regional Conference took place in Las Vegas. The first Southeastern SIM regional conference and the first North Central Regional meeting are held.
1996 - Over 250 publications researching SIM have been published.
1997 - KU Center for Research on Learning (kucrl.org) and SIMville are launched.
959 SIM Professional Developers have received SIM certification throughout the USA, the Caribbean, and Pacific Rim. SIM is used by 150,000 teachers in 3,500 school districts.
1998 - A 4-day SIM update meeting is held at Maho Bay in the Virgin Islands.
1999 - CRL obtained a five-year grant for SIM development in Pennsylvania as well as funds to study high schools that have been using several Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines.
2000 - SIM is used statewide in Louisiana.
2002 - 44 strategies and routines developed to date.
2003 - 25th Anniversary Celebration!
2004 - Don Deshler meets with President Bush in Washington, D.C. to discuss his Reading First initiative.